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Old 03-29-2015, 05:17 PM
 
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I happened to be in upstate NY when MW was closing. The closest one to me was in Schenectady. I tried to google the mall and couldn't even find it. So, I assume the whole thing is a dead mall.
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Old 03-29-2015, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Where I grew up (Stockton, wahoo) Montgomery Wards was one of the original anchor tenants of one of the two malls. Best Buy and Petco moved in and have been there since.
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Old 03-29-2015, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I think one in Oakland became some lofts.* Other ones I remember were replaced by other big box stores.

**i was wrong. I didn't live in Oakland when it closed, the building was razed. I should see what is there now. I was thinking of the Old Sears: thst became lofts. The Sears came back to the former Emporium building. It closed thisyear and the building is being re-habbed into trendy loft-y offices for tech companies with ground loor retail, slated to be a gocery/deli type place. I can't wait as the location is perfect.
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:05 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The closest one to me was in Annapolis. It became a Sears, which moved to it from a property slated for massive redevelopment.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:15 PM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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I grew up in the Phoenix area, where buildings have a life span of <50 years. All MW in the Valley are long since razed and replaced.

In Fort Worth, where I spend a fair amount of time since the agency I work for is HQ'ed there, is the Montgomery Place. I was there in February, pretty impressive use of an older historic building. Gentrified, now condos, but also with shops and restaurants on the ground floor.

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Old 03-30-2015, 01:32 PM
 
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A similar thing happened to the local Emporium building, which was part of an outdoor mall. It sat empty for a while before seeing re-use.

The core question is: what happens to these big boxes built for retailers if the retailer closes? Montgomery Wards, Emporium, Mervyn's, Circuit City, Blockbust Music, Tower Records, etc., all left behind empty boxes that weren't always easily re-used. And there's the times when a Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe's, Sears, Macy's, etc., simply moves.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:19 PM
 
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The Montgomery Wards in my old town sat empty for years until it was demolished (for a WalMart). It was a 1960s building, not a modern "big box".
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:47 PM
 
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Former MW in downtown Cortland, NY https://www.google.com/maps/place/De...93ca6419592304
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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People came from all over the state to ride on the escalator in the MW in Anchorage. First one in Alaska, by all accounts.

The Anchorage MW sat empty in a strip mall for eons; it's now a branch of REI.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:14 PM
 
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That must have been a small MW.

From that view, Cortland looks nice.
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